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23rd September 2011 at 01:00



Get lost in Austen

More than 500 people in Regency costume promenaded through the streets of Bath as part of the annual Jane Austen Festival. Teachers can celebrate the syllabus staple with events running until tomorrow.


Pet policy unleashed

The Liberal Democrats pushed through plans for a "pupil premium plus" at their annual conference in Birmingham. However, children's minister Sarah Teather pointed out that more money was unlikely to be forthcoming.


Elitism claim

A Government obsession with the dreaming spires of Oxbridge will hinder social mobility, new universities claimed. Million+, which represents ex-polytechnics, claims ministers focus too much on elite institutions.


Hurt for Mrs Blurt

A row erupted over personal email accounts being used in the Department for Education. To the list of names dreamt up by teachers for education secretary Michael Gove, add Mrs Blurt, his apparent electronic nom-de-plume.


Welsh crusade continues

Welsh education minister Leighton Andrews continued his crusade on standards. Plans were announced for four councils to join their education departments together in a bid to improve results.


Seldon on academies

The indomitable Anthony Seldon hosted a conference at Wellington College on how independents should get involved with the academies programme. Talk of the benefits of private-school "DNA" is widely predicted.


One day it could be you

Bestselling author turned screenwriter David Nicholls speaks to the inaugural First Story Festival to promote writing in secondaries. Pupils and teachers from over 20 schools will attend the event at Broughton Castle.



Eid celebrations

The end of Ramadan will be marked with the annual Eid in the Square celebrations in Trafalgar Square, central London. The free event will include live music and theatre.


A huh-huh hoot of a time

It will be "one for the money" at what is billed as the largest Elvis event in the world. The three-day Porthcawl Elvis Festival, closing today, includes an "Elvis in Vegas" show, and the "Elvies" awards for impersonators.


Prep schools on society

The Independent Association of Prep Schools' annual get-together begins in Birmingham. Discussion of traditional curriculums is being put to one side, with the focus instead on "key relationships in shaping society".


Ticket to increased funding

Media baron Richard Desmond launches the Health Lottery, a new game expected to generate #163;50 million a year for health charities. No plans are yet known for a gambling solution to squeezed education budgets.


Labour's turn at the podium

The Labour conference in Liverpool will see shadow education secretary Andy Burnham bash the Tories (probably), and reveal some new policies (hopefully). Possible plans could be to scrap the five good GCSEs measure.


KS1 assessments published

Results of national curriculum assessments of seven-year-olds in England to be published. Expect national newspaper hand-wringing about children not being able to read, despite about 85 per cent being likely to hit targets.


Heads vote on strike action

Members of heads' union the NAHT will begin to receive ballot papers on industrial action over pensions. A yes-vote could see heads taking unprecedented strike action by the end of November.

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